Thrifty = Toys for Tots!

I know what your thinking, "Toys for Tots already? I'm still dealing with Back to School!"

Right now, all the stores are having awesome clearance on summer toys. Also, now is the time they are getting their Christmas stock in and they are clearancing out toys left and right to make room for new inventory.

This is the very best time of the year to pick up toys at incredibly low prices for not only your own kids and any other children who are normally part of you holiday gift list but, also it is the time to get some fun toys for donations.

Think about it. This really is the last big clearance toy time until after Christmas. We aren't going to see big seasonal clearance aisles until after the holidays.

When you are out there grabbing bargains, think about grabbing a toy or two for donation. This is the perfect time to really stretch your dollars and give a child a gift that he/she may not be getting otherwise.

So, this is just a reminder to let your money get the biggest and best bang with all the great deals out there.

Everybody has different charities they like to give to. One of mine is Toys for Tots. I know everyone has heard about Toys for Tots but, do you know the history of it? Here is a little bit of information.

Toys for Tots began in 1947 when Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The idea came from Bill's wife, Diane. In the fall of 1947, Diane handcrafted a Raggedy Ann doll and asked Bill to deliver the doll to an organization, which would give it to a needy child at Christmas. When Bill determined that no agency existed, Diane told Bill that he should start one. He did. The 1947 pilot project was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign......

Over the 59 years of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, Marines have distributed more than 370 million toys to more than 173 million needy children. This charitable endeavor has made U.S. Marines the unchallenged leaders in looking after needy children at Christmas. Over its 16 year life span, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation has supplemented local toy collections with more than 70.2 million toys valued at more than $387 million; plus has provided promotion and support materials valued at over $4.7 million.

I am able to buy a lot more toys when I shop great clearance sales. I have a budget, and things are fairly tight. I generally don't have a lot of extra money to spare once the holidays creep up. So, this is how I can get some toys for kids in need and still not blow my budget.

With the Toys for Tots in my mind yesterday while I was out shopping, I picked up a few things to put back for donation.

All of these toys came from Walgreens clearanced items:

What I got was:

**Remote Control Hummer - Reg. Price $5.99. Clearanced Price - $1.54 (I got batteries for it. That is an important thing to keep in mind!)

** Disc Shooter - Reg. Price $5.99. Clearanced Price - $1.54

** 2 Barbie Dolls - Reg. Price $5.99 (each) Clearanced Price - $1.54

** Hot Hoops - Reg. $14.99 - Clearanced Price - $3.49

I bought, at retail value, $38.95 worth of toys. And I spent $9.65.

If you want to learn the complete history of Toys for Tots, please check out their site HERE!

And keep this SITE handy. You can find the nearest donation spot in your area when the time comes.

And while you are at it, check out these great blogs!

"Finer Things Friday" at The Finer Things in Life ( ya got see one of the cutest 1st graders ever!!)

"Frugal Friday" at Life as Mom (Take a step closer to your dream of being debt free!)

"Hooked on Fridays" at Hooked on Houses (I LOVE vintage kitchen items!)

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  1. I am searching hard for a charity I want to donate to this Christmas. I used to fill one of those giant stockings for Salvation Army, but then I found out that they don't even distribute them all. The extras get taken by volunteers and workers and they do with them as they please.

    I am thinking of doing something international this year.

    At any rate, I agree it IS the perfect time to start thinking about giving!


  2. Great idea! I keep an eye out for clearanced toys all year for my "gift room." In November I'll go through and match up gifts to my own kids, plus nieces and nephews. The rest... I'll have to remember to donate!


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